When you think about new tech startups, what comes to mind? For most, it’s the image of Google’s sprawling estate in Silicon Valley. And while not every company can have an office like Google, many are trying. Startup offices all over the country are fighting for top employees by including breathtaking amenities and on-site features. Perhaps this is no more evident than in San Francisco, the present day startup capital of the world. Let’s take a look at 10 of the top startup offices and what makes them so eye-popping.
GitHub, a hosting site that allows people to store their codes, isn’t just a collection of nerds working from a coffee shop. Well, actually, it used to be. That is until GitHub CEO and co-founder, Tom Preston-Werner, moved his growing business to its current San Francisco headquarters. According to employees, the office looks more like a bar or lounge than a corporate office. Video games, a 19th century lounge, a vintage bar with four beer taps, and hundreds of other unique pieces fill this office and solidify it as one of the 10 coolest startup offices in San Francisco.
While it’s difficult to classify Twitter as a startup anymore, it still has that startup feel that allowed it to make such a successful launch. Now located in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, this social media giant keeps employees satisfied with a full-service cafeteria, arcade room, yoga studio, and lovely rooftop with faux grass.
Would you expect anything less than a stellar office for 2014s biggest success story, Airbnb? In addition to offering employees a travel stipend of $2,000, the company makes its workplace dog-friendly and features regular employee theme days. The interior features a massive open atrium with unique architectural features from around the world, a four story ivy-laden wall, and beautiful natural lighting from well-positioned windows. According to co-founder Joe Gebbia, “Why wouldn’t the office be as comfortable as your home, if you’re going to end up spending the majority of your working life there?”
Social engagement company, Livefyre, goes above and beyond when it comes to treating employees well. In addition to offering social perks like weekly happy hours, employee sports leagues, and department retreats, the office has incredible features like a 15-foot, interactive social media wall, secrete passageways, a furnished rooftop, and soundproof rooms called “developer caves.”
While he may not have the same name recognition as one of his Facebook co-founders Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz has done well for himself. His company, Asana, calls San Francisco’s historic Hamm’s Building home, and knows how to treat employees. The office is dog-friendly and has a gourmet, in-house chef who prepares organic meals each day. The cherry on top is the fact that each employee is given $10,000 to be used for customizing his or her workplace.
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